Man, what a difference. Mike Lull leveled the fretboard, replaced the missing E string bridge saddle screw, put on a new set of Rotosound monel flats and did a setup for me. Wow... it wasn't cheap but this bass is amazing now and well worth the cost. Mike, who's not really a fretless player, thought it was a great bass and seemed very impressed by the tone once he was done with it. Consider this a rave on both my bass and the great work Mike and team do. I'm very grateful his shop is only about 25 minutes away.